BC, Native leader accuses RCMP of racism
- Native leader accuses RCMP of racism
Betsy Trumpener reports for CBC Radio News
Williams Lake, B.C. - The head of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs says he's deeply concerned by what he calls "police brutality and racism" in Williams Lake.
Chief Stewart Phillip is in the Cariboo community as an inquest resumes into the death of an elderly native man while in police custody nearly two years ago.
Sixty-seven-year-old Paul Alphonse of Williams Lake had five broken ribs. He died of pneumonia a week after an altercation with the RCMP.
Phillip says it's time to end systemic racism in the RCMP and the jail system, by weeding out what he calls "racist thugs",
"There have been several justice inquiries and inquests in this area over the past number of years," he says, "and yet the incidences of police brutality and injuries arising from people held in custody and deaths continues to occur unabated."
An RCMP investigation has already cleared the police of any wrong-doing in Alphonse's death.
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